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July 03, 2022

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (7/3/22) Not Much Content Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Comments of The Week

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:46 PM Comments


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Gun Thread: Happy Independence Day Weekend Edition!

—Weasel

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Suck it, King George!

Howdy, Y'all! Welcome to the wondrously fabulous Gun Thread! As always, I want to thank all of our regulars for being here week in and week out, and also offer a bigly Gun Thread welcome to any newcomers who may be joining us tonight. Howdy and thank you for stopping by! I hope you find our wacky conversation on the subject of guns 'n shooting both enjoyable and informative. You are always welcome to lurk in the shadows of shame, but I'd like to invite you to jump into the conversation, say howdy, and tell us what kind of shooting you like to do!

I liked this intro from last year so I'm using it again.

Two hundred and forty-six years ago we told King George to kiss our colonial asses and declared our independence from Great Britain. We were then 13 colonies with a precarious toe-hold on a largely unexplored continent, and had just told the world's largest military and economic power to bite the big one. With hostile indians (woo-woo) on one side, and the British Navy on the other, we drafted our Declaration of Independence and took care of bidness. Thirteen years later we had a shiny new Constitution and Bill of Rights and were on our way...

To having Joe Biden as President.

OK. So perhaps we haven't been the best stewards of the incredibly precious gift of freedom fought for, and then entrusted to us, by our forefathers. Perhaps it's time to stiffen our resolve and revisit some of the basic concepts which compelled our revolution in the first place. The idea of America isn't dead, but our management of the enterprise has certainly left much to be desired. I still think it's good and proper to loudly celebrate our independence, not only as a celebration itself but also as a warning to tyrants, both foreign and domestic. What was done once can be done again.

Happy Independence Day everyone. Yes, I know it's not technically celebrated until tomorrow, but 'round these parts it's a multi-day holiday.

With that, step into the dojo and let's get to the gun stuff below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Frog Travel Edition

—CBD

It's time to be plagued by my mediocre food photos from a recent trip. At least I haven't set up a slide projector in the living room!

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Yup...some things are universal, and peanut butter and chocolate is one of those things. Even in the middle of Paris at a fancy grocery!

My guess is that this store (Le Bon Marché ) is catering to Americans living in Paris who crave a taste of home, but I suspect that the French buy them also. They have a sweet tooth just like most people. The number of chocolate stores in Paris and even in the boonies is amazing.

The trip was half Paris and half small country towns. We enjoyed the neighborhood restaurants so much that we cancelled our reservations at two upscale places. Why bother with that sort of food when the casual places we tried were so damned good and friendly.

So without further ado...on to the food!

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Posted by CBD at 04:00 PM Comments

First-World Problems...

—CBD

Woe is me! There are two crises that are overwhelming the normally even-tempered and staid denizens of Chez Dildo.

Yeah; that is one of the string of sort-of-Edison-bulbs hanging over the patio. But this one is directly above the grill, and it's dirty! What the hell? It's nine feet off the ground. Will I need supplemental oxygen to get up there and clean it?

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And look what I found after pondering the unimaginable complexities of a dirty bulb! Yes, that is a broken hinge. But it is riveted into the frame and the door so it is not easily replaced. It still works, but for how long?

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I have to go lie down...the pressures of these existential problems are too much for me.

Posted by CBD at 02:00 PM Comments

The Boot-Licking Lackeys In The Media Are Finally Realizing That They Are Pawns!

—CBD

Not really, because they are 100% behind the anti-freedom, economy-crushing policies of the Biden junta. They just want to be respected; they want the Kalorama Kidz to continue the charade that the media have autonomy and aren't simply lickspittle servants of the current progressive regime.

WH Press Corps Demands Biden Admin Change Unprecedented Rules That Are 'Restrictive and Antithetical to the Concept of a Free Press'

President Joe Biden is trying to manipulate the news media through the administration’s selective access rules for White House events, according to a protest letter made public.

The letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was signed by 68 journalists — many of whom are at odds with each other on a daily basis — including Kaitlan Collins of CNN, Ed O’Keefe of CBS and Jacqui Heinrich of Fox News, according to the New York Post.

During his time in the White House, Biden has often left news conferences while reporters were trying to ask questions, and he has indicated from his comments that he is given a list of people to call on to ask questions, as noted by Fox News.

These sub-literate, childish-thinking drones are too stupid to see that they are being manipulated? Wow. Most of us have the appropriate amount of contempt for our Fourth Estate, but maybe we are giving them too much credit! Their protestations that the drooling fool masquerading as the legitimate president has avoided them are simply ridiculous. They opened the door to this sort of behavior by accepting 99% of the leftist narrative, certainly beginning with the Obama administration. Before Barack's reign of terror they were much more evenhanded...accepting only 95% of the progressive cant.

So forgive me if I have no sympathy for a bunch of overpaid, under-worked J-School graduates without an iota of experience in the real world, or any sense of what a truly free press should do. In fact, I will be making popcorn so I can sit back with a good snack and observe the impotent flailing of these running-dog lackeys. They play the tired game of pretending that they are independent, and only when the scum in the West Wing stop giving lip service to the nonsensical idea that they are anything other than whores being paid with the occasional privilege of asking a pre-planned question of a talking turnip, and running victory laps because they were called upon, do they stand up in unison, strutting around as if they matter.

Here's the truth: they don't matter. Those press conferences could just as easily be a single page hand-out to the junior interns from the major news outlets. It's regurgitated propaganda, and more and more Americans are (belatedly) realizing it! "Putin's Gas Tax?" "The border is closed?" "9mm will blow your lungs out?" The stupidity is out of control, and all these hacks can see is some imagined disrespect to their vaunted positions as the protectors of our republic.

Maybe if more than a few of them would actually do their jobs their complaints would be taken more seriously, but that will never happen, so sit back and enjoy the temper tantrums!

Posted by CBD at 12:00 PM Comments

Sunday Morning Book Thread - 07-03-2022 ["Perfessor" Squirrel]

—Open Blogger


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(click on the image above to see more of the inside - ht: Nemo)

Welcome to the prestigious, internationally acclaimed, stately, and illustrious Sunday Morning Book Thread! The place where all readers are welcome, regardless of whatever guilty pleasure we feel like reading (don't blame me if your results transcend the fourth dimension--ht: All Hail Eris). Here is where we can discuss, argue, bicker, quibble, consider, debate, confabulate, converse, and jaw about our latest fancy in reading material, even if it's nothing more than the economic predictions of Paul Ehrlich. As always, pants are required, unless you are wearing these pants (ht: Weird Dave)...

So relax, find yourself a warm kitty (or warm puppy--I won't judge) to curl up in your lap, fire up the grill for morning brats (with bacon), and crack open a new book. What are YOU reading this fine morning?

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EMT 07/3/22

—krakatoa

Happy Sunday!

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Daily Tech News 3 July 2022

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • One of the things I want to do fairly soon is replace my four Synology boxes with one new one. They're from 2012 and 2013 and so are the drives - I rescued them when work was going to throw them out.

    I was planning on a new DS1821+ but when I looked there were none to be had anywhere. That was going to give me a nice topic for a rant but when I looked again they were available so now I'm just confused.

    It's not a perfect device - the default network configuration is 4 x 1Gb interfaces which is just irritating - but filled with 12TB drives it would give me the same capacity as the existing four units without the drive failures and performance limitations of decade-old hardware.


  • Meta's Novi - formerly Diem - formerly Libera from formerly Facebook - is toast. (CNet)

    This was a technically promising crypto project backed by over a dozen industry leaders that withered and died because (a) all the industry leaders hate each other and (b) absolutely everyone hates Facebook.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (7/2/22)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

Teacher arrested at JFK Airport....

A school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, an ancient wooden device called a "slide-rule," as well as a code device called an "abacus" that he claimed was a calculator.

At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
"Al-Gebra is a problem for us," the Attorney General said. "Al-Gebra has terrorized many young people for years. They derive solutions by means and extremes and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values”.

"They use secret code names like 'X' and 'Y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns,' but we've determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.”

"As the Greek philosopher Isosceles once said, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle.’ "

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Biden said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes."

White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by a President at any time in all of history. ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC proclaimed Biden has solved yet another problem created by Trump. (H/T Captain Josepha Sabin)

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:04 PM Comments

Saturday Evening Movie Thread - 7/02/2022 [TheJamesMadison]

—Open Blogger

Mortal Engines


I don't normally focus on just a single film in these posts, but I got Christian Rivers' hilariously bad box office bomb of a film Mortal Engines as a rental just to check it out, and I was kind of flabbergasted at the awfulness on display. Adapted from the first in a series of young adult novels by Philip Reeve, using a screenplay by the writing team that gave us The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and directed by one of the key visual effects personnel from those films with Peter Jackson acting as producer, Mortal Engines is one of the most incomprehensible things I've ever seen. Overstuffed, obvious to the point of obtuseness, overbearing in tone, and overproduced, it is one of the nadirs of bad decisions that pissed away hundreds of millions of dollars in Hollywood with nothing in return.

Several years after its release, it seemed like a fascinating case study in how to not adapt a work, but before I could make that assertion I decided to actually read the book. And then I watched the movie again. Twice. The second time was with the director's commentary on to see if he offered any insight into the adaptation process.

I came away with thoughts.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 07:45 PM Comments

Weekend Hobby, Crafting and Bodging Thread

—J.J. Sefton

Greetings all and happy Independence Day weekend. If BBQs and fireworks aren't your bag, then let's head to the basement, garage, workshop, studio or wherever it is you can make a mess, get creative and lose yourself for a few hours.

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 05:00 PM Comments

Ace of Spades Pet Thread, July 2

—K.T.

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Happy Independence Day Weekend! Welcome to this weekly respite from most of the outside "civilized" world -- the Ace of Spades Pet Thread.

Thanks for stopping by. Beg politely for a treat, kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

Reminder: For current events and politics, the Thread before the Gardening Thread (a couple of threads below) is almost always an Open Thread.


Hrothgar sends an entertaining, narrated compilation of pets (and wildlife) learning to enjoy water in the backyard, sometimes with some difficulty. Or learning to temporarily tolerate the water (in the case of a certain cat).

Fireworks are more likely to cause anxiety in pets than water at this time of year, however. Here are some tips for helping them cope with the noise. Keep those cats corralled, too!

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What has worked for you to help dogs stay calm?

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Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, July 2

—K.T.

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Happy Independence Day Weekend!

From Don in Kansas, Red, White and Blue selections from among his flowers. More great photos and information at the link.

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Posted by K.T. at 01:21 PM Comments

Federalism

—K.T.

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Happy Independence Day Weekend! Are you more happy than usual that the Founders maintained the idea of federalism when they set up the Constitution?

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Periodically, John Hayward does a meaty Twitter thread that puts ideas together from recent events in a useful way. This one focuses on federalism.

A lot of the ideas here are pretty basic. And a lot of people in our country really don't understand them. Why? I've broken it down into sections for discussion:

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There are many reasons why power should be devolved to the states, as Dobbs did with abortion. The obvious one is that individual voters have more influence over state legislatures. Your voice rings much louder in state capitols than in Washington.

Of course, the left-wing / globalist project for decades has been to centralize power, and then internationalize it, moving it utterly beyond the reach of voters. This was very much by design - they know federalism gives YOU more control, and they don't like it one little bit.

Cause after cause beloved to the Left is portrayed as a "consensus" of "experts" that must be imposed on the people against their will, with no input from voters and no means for individuals to resist. They're increasingly less shy about saying their agenda is beyond democracy.

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Another positive feature of moving issues to state legislators is that they tend to gain clarity. D.C. is much worse about stuffing issues into titanic trillion-dollar spending bills. Rarely does the national Congress vote clearly on one thing.

The needs of individual states and their populations can be different. The consensus of their voters can be very different. A free republic of sovereign individuals shouldn't have many one-size-fits-all, no-dissent-allowed solutions.


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Saturday Morning Coffee Break & Prayer Revival

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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EMT 07/2/22

—krakatoa

EMT is for openers.

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Daily Tech News 2 July 2022

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • Well, work insanity is finally easing for at least a couple of days. Have a big project kicking off next week and October is likely to be another write-off, but at least I won't be working 18 hour days and moving house at the same time.

    These posts will gradually return to their usual schedule and content.


  • It seems like I picked the right week to be on a big city salary with a small town mortgage: The GPU shortage is over. (The Verge)

    Do I need a new GPU? There are games I want to play and applications I want to run that can benefit from teraflops of crunching power, but I already have two laptops with RTX 3060 graphics, which while far from high end are perfectly fine for Minecraft and... Also Minecraft.

    Still, with GPU prices down 57% since January it's awfully tempting. (Tom's Hardware)


  • In fact, Nvidia, AMD, and Apple are all cutting back on 5nm production for their next-generation parts. (Tom's Hardware)

    Thanks to our leaders for running a pump-and-dump scam on the entire global economy.


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We Stand On Guard For ONT

—WeirdDave

July 1! Man, it's crazy how time flies. I'm sure everyone knows what July 1 is, right?

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Just kidding. It's Canada Day! So to all the canoehead Morons out there, happy Canada Day! You folks up in the hat are alright, y'know?

And just in case you're wondering how the population of Canada would fit down here in the states, here's a handy map:

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Posted by WeirdDave at 09:55 PM Comments

Mostly Peaceful but Fiery Holiday Weekend Cafe

—Ace

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Interesting and funny -- but mostly just interesting -- minidocumentary about the majestic beaver from zefrank.

Dog teaches you all how to play with yourselves. I call him, "Redundant Dog."

Duck AMSR.

Cats, the tool-using animal...

The treat thief.

I wonder if Cerberus had this problem.

Berserker kitty.

Crew tug-of-war.

Smart dog and water-conscious, too.

Who dares, swims.

Dog family photo.

You know how Indian trains are always overstuffed? Well check this out. The joke caption says, "After almost 2 years of house arrest, you can now enjoy life to the fullest again with the #9EuroTicket ."

Reason for claim: "A horse rubbed its itchy ass all over my car until it broke."

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Posted by Ace at 07:27 PM Comments

Quick Hits

—Ace

Earlier this week, I reported that that the Atlanta Fed GDP tracker had put the Q2 GDP "growth" at -1.0, meaning contraction. Which mean we're in two back to back quarters of negative "growth," which is the classic definition of recession.

Well, they've revised that.

They've revised the Q2 figure down.

Way down.

Tne Q2 GDP growth is now negative 2.1%.

The GDPNow model estimate for real GDP has collapsed in recent days, growth in the second quarter of 2022 has been cut to a contractionary -2.1%, down from -1.0% on June 30, down from 0.0% on June 15.

So, if confirmed, we had a quarter of -1.6% growth, and then a quarter of -2.1% growth -- not just a recession, but an intensifying one.

Thanks to Thomas Paine, who is aptly named for this tip.

Thanks, NeverTrump! Just want to say, I am really enjoying the Nice Tweets!

YOU propagandized for this.

YOU take a bow for the victory YOU achieved.

YOU take YOUR seat.

YOU join YOUR allies in the Democrat Party.

YOU never show your fat, well-stuffed faces around here again.

YOU will have to make do with lesser, cheaper Stallions for YOUR wives' twisted sexual appetites.

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Well it is more gender-bender grooming directed at children, which is Disney's entire work product now, isn't it?

A friend points out that, despite the fact that it is the left that began this cycle of endless twitter outrages and cancellation attempts, the media never reports that "The Left is Outraged again" over this or that.

No, when the left is outraged, they claim that "Twitter" or "the Internet" is outraged. The left is never outraged -- all of society is outraged.

When the same 40 Trans Extremists are sending death threats to J.K. Rowling, the media does not report that. They just say, "J.K. Rowling posted another anti-trans screed, and The Internet is not having it!!!"

The Internet? Really?

The whole internet?

Or just the 40 leftwing propaganda accounts you agree with and promote?

When the Trans Extremists sent mass death threats to Gina Carano because she said her pronouns were "beep/boop/bleep," the media only reported, "Twitter reacts to Gina Carano's anti-trans insults."

Twitter reacted?

Twitter?

And it merely reacted?

What about all the death threats you always pretend to be so concerned about?

But when the right is outraged -- sometimes a bit trivially, but often justifiably -- it's their outrage alone.

Despite the fact that most parents, who are not very political, do not want Disney or any other Woke corporation proselytizing Trans Catechisms to their children in the guise of "children's entertainment."

This is of course a deliberate and conscious effort to marginalize and otherize the right while normalizing and universalizing the left.

Speaking of death threats:

Blue checkmark Jessica Kirson, who claims to be a comedian, twatted at Lauren Boebert, "Every time I watch you speak, I picture you in a guillotine and rub one out."

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That tweet has now been deleted. But anti-social-justice beatnik points us to an archived copy.

She looks like a witch's Igor on a Syd and Marty Krofft production.

"I would not hit that. She's heinous." -- Sigmund the Sea-Monster

62 Jessica the comic definitely has a face made for radio.


and she has a body made for extraction from a bedroom by a crane.
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Edward Snowden @Snowden

The fact that is considered legal for a corporation to compile perfect records of your private life simply because you had to "click OK to continue" to make your phone work is a perfect expression of who holds the power in society and why they should be cast into the sea.

Wait, I'm a conservative, didn't I swear an Oath of Perpetual Fealty to my corporate overlords?

As spotted by Curtis Houck, Good Morning America pushed the Big Lie that Ketanji Brown Jackson is "the first Black Supreme Court Justice," except for, you know, Clarence Thomas.

And not even just Clarence Thomas, the one they might have possibly intended to slight.

These highly-educated, multiple-layers-of-fact-checking News Professionals also erased Thurgood Marshall from the record.

You know, the guy who successfully argued Brown vs. Board of Ed on his way to actually getting appointed to the Supreme Court.

He's kind of a big deal, especially for race-conscious lefties.

But for ignorant animal Millennials, history began during the disgusting years they were each shat out of their "birth-giving parents."

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Spite and ignorance are rampant at Good Morning America -- completely different uneducated animals made the same mistake on their YouTube channel.

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Speaking of uneducated, semi-literate animals:Multiple media outlets straight-up lied about Clarence Thomas saying that the covid vaccine was made from "aborted children."

1, he did not say that, he quoted plaintiffs as saying that, and you know, in a court case, what plaintiffs allege is kinda-sorta important in the case, and

2, he did not say the vaccines "were made from aborted children," and neither did the plaintiffs; they said the vaccines were made from stem-cell lines cultivated from aborted children, which is, what's the word for this, "true."


As someone suggested in the replies, either Justice Clarence Thomas has changed his pronouns to "they/them" or he's just reading something presented by the plaintiffs, as Axios reports:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested Thursday in a dissenting opinion that coronavirus vaccines were developed using "aborted children."

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"They object on religious grounds to all available COVID-19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children," Thomas wrote in his dissent, referring to the plaintiffs that brought the lawsuit.

More at Samizdata.net.

"No Name Today" says that's not quite true, and I'm wrong:

38 >>>they said the vaccines were made from stem-cell lines cultivated from aborted children, which is, what's the word for this, "true."

Not quite. The stem-cell lines being referenced were used for testing purposes during development. So, the vaccines were not "made" from that, but they were tested against them.

Still objectionable.
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Ah, okay, I was always a bit shaky on what exactly was being alleged in regard to the stem-cells. I shouldn't have assumed more without clarifying.

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Posted by Ace at 05:48 PM Comments

Kavanaugh Joins Roberts and the Liberals to Uphold Biden's Right to Cancel Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Throwing Open the Border Wide to All Illegal Comers

—Ace

Of course Kavanaugh defected. And of course Roberts was never on our side.

I now at least understand the basis of the lawsuit in the first place. There are two parts of the Immigration and Nationality Act in play. One states that illegal aliens "shall" be detained until they can be removed, or found to be in the country legally (granted asylum, etc.).

Another part states that, until their cases are disposed of, they "may" be removed to a "contiguous" territory -- that is, Mexico -- pending a determination of their status.

Now, in law, as in common usage, "shall" is non-discretionary. It's an order. You shall do this. Period.

"May" is discretionary. You are permitted to do this, but you are not required to.

The lower court found -- accurately -- that the US government was violating the "shall" be detained until removal part of the act -- as they simply released 90% of illegal aliens into the country -- which means that they were required to follow the "may" be removed to a contiguous foreign territory until their cases could be adjudicated part of the act.

Oh, there is a part of the statute that says that illegal aliens may be released into the country on "parole," on their own recognizance, but "only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or a significant public benefit."

In other words: Not as a general "catch and release" policy which is applied to virtually all illegal aliens, with no case-by-case showing of a "significant public benefit."


This... makes sense, then. They're not detaining as they "shall" do, they're not allowed to just release every alien into the general population, therefore they are left only with the option of removing to a contiguous foreign territory.

This also means that the government has been violating the INA law for a long, long, time, but so what? The courts often discover the government has been acting illegally for a long time, as when they "discover" that people have always had a right to engage in sodomy and therefore 200 year old anti-sodomy laws are all illegal.

But apparently the idea that the Supreme Court could find that the government has been acting illegally for a long time was just too much of mind-blower for Kavanaugh and Roberts (as well as the open lefties), who therefore decided that the law couldn't possibly mean what it actually says.

They therefore found that the "may" verb in the "may be removed" part must also be the verb the statute means in the "shall be detained" part.


Here's some of the dissent:

In fiscal year 2021, the Border Patrol reported more than 1.7 million encounters with aliens along the Mexican border. When it appears that one of these aliens is not admissible, may the Government simply release the alien in this country and hope that the alien will show up for the hearing at which his or her entitlement to remain will be decided?

Congress has provided a clear answer to that question, and the answer is no. By law, if an alien is "not clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted," the alien "shall be detained for a [removal] proceeding." 8 U. S. C. s.1225(b)(2)(A) (emphasis added). And if an alien asserts a credible fear of persecution, he or she "shall be detained for further consideration of the application for asylum," s.1225(b)(1)(B)(ii) (emphasis added). Those requirements, as we have held, are mandatory.

Congress offered the Executive two--and only two--alternatives to detention. First, if an alien is "arriving on land" from "a foreign territory contiguous to the United States," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "may return the alien to that territory pending a [removal] proceeding." s.1225(b)(2)(C). Second, DHS may release individual aliens on "parole," but "only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or a significant public benefit." [My emphasis.]


Due to the huge numbers of aliens who attempt to enter illegally from Mexico, DHS does not have the capacity to detain all inadmissible aliens encountered at the border, and no one suggests that DHS must do the impossible. But rather than avail itself of Congress's clear statutory alternative to return inadmissible aliens to Mexico while they await proceedings in this country, DHS has concluded that it may forgo that option altogether and instead simply release into this country untold numbers of aliens who are very likely to be removed if they show up for their removal hearings. This practice violates the clear terms of the law, but the Court looks the other way. [My emphasis.]

There are other issues discussed, such as whether the lower court had jurisdiction to hear this case at all and whether Biden complied with the Administrative Procedures Act and whether Mayorkas' second order cancelling Remain in Mexico cured the deficiencies in his first order, but they don't seem very important to me. Or, at least, not politically juicy.

We really need to fix this part of the law and make it clear that Remain in Mexico is the law.


Joe Cunningham at Red State writes that Biden's legal win is a political loss:

Biden and the Democrats celebrated the ruling as a big win, but they have also guaranteed that voters, particularly those who are worried about the immigration crisis at the border, will be told in nonstop ads that Biden fought all the way up to the Supreme Court for the crisis.

Rescinding this policy opens the already-thrown floodgates even wider, allowing for greater numbers to flood the border with very little in the way to stop them from overwhelming border patrol. The Biden administration has thus far been reluctant to give federal agents any support, detention facilities, or funding to maintain control at the border. The result has been a flood of immigrants and a crisis that remains unchecked.

The death of 51 migrants in a truck trailer, a tragedy of human life we hadn't yet seen in this crisis, was a clear sign that we are failing not just to protect our border, but to protect human life.

By winning at the Supreme Court, Biden and his administration are taking ownership of the crisis. They are saying they want all of these people coming in from South and Central America, flooding our border and causing chaos among law enforcement in the region. They are laying claim to the resulting human and drug trafficking that happens in the region. They are saying this is all part of the plan.

Posted by Ace at 04:46 PM Comments

So Now Biden Is Meeting With the Taliban To Discuss Releasing Their Frozen Funds

—Ace

America is Back, Baby!

The Adults Are Back in Charge!

Afghan finance and central bank officials from the Taliban-led government have departed for Qatar to meet with U.S. officials. The move comes after last week's deadly earthquake highlighted how critical relief efforts have stumbled under the weight of the country's spiraling economic woes....

The Washington Post first reported that Biden administration officials are considering ways to allow Afghanistan's government to use its frozen central bank reserves to tackle the humanitarian crises there.

Wait I thought NeverTrump told us that Biden would be a sure hand at the till? I thought his 40 years of Senatorial experience were going to fix all of the amateur Trump's blunders?!

Dr. Strangetweet, @lone_rides, had something to say to the NeverTrumpers:

Dr Strangetweet or How I Learned to Love the RT @lone_rides

Jun 22

"I voted Biden but I didn't think he'd be this bad."

You were warned.

"Well, I'd still vote Biden over Trump."

Oh. In that case, shut up.

Imagine telling your fellow citizens "yeah your life sucks now after years of it not sucking, but I don't care."

"Well Trump was a danger to democracy!"

More of a danger than arresting political opponents like in Michigan? Because that's pretty damaging to democracy.


"I don't like Biden's policies but..."

There is no "but" to justify this.

None. Because anything you say either Biden has down and you ignored or Biden is doing and you're ignoring.

I remember the pseudo-Right saying we are voting for Biden but we will hold him accountable".

So when does that start? Because all I see is him curb stomping Americans and you bitching about the conservatives that want conservatism pushed.

Trump had a combative media on the Left and combative think-piecers on the Left and "Right".

What does Biden have? One reporter asking questions, everyone else ready to wipe his butt.

All you "just get rid of Trump and we'll fight Biden" fake conservatives are either cowards or liars.

Which is it?

"Voting Biden over Trump was the only logical choice."

High gas prices aren't logical. High food prices aren't logical. Spending millions on a proxy war isn't logical.

It's just that the alternative, a man you despised for succeeding where you failed, wasn't "your" guy.

You fought Trump more on a daily basis than you have Biden since he took office.

You're still fighting people who want the Right to be more than lap dogs.

So who's side are you really on?

Don't answer. We know.

Face it.

You were wrong about Trump.

You were wrong about Biden.

If you were fooled, you're not as smart as the people you look down on who told you about Biden.

If you weren't fooled, you're evil liars.

So which is it?

Are you stupid or are you evil?

Did you subject your fellow citizens to this because of your ego or because of your evil?

Personally, I think you get off on the suffering.

Cruelty is the point for you.

I keep saying this, but the pseudoright, the liberal Republican NeverTrumpers, the neocons-- liberals who became "conservative" only for purposes of supporting the policy of the Cold War against the Soviet Union -- have always hated, feared, and despised actual conservatives. And they have always feared a conservative takeover of America more than a leftwing progressive one.

They're 75% leftwing progressives themselves, so they don't fear that. They don't prefer it, you understand, but they also don't fear it.

They live in very leftwing Blue Cities in which ultraleft governance is the norm, in which ultraleft social norms are the norm, in which ultraleft political imperatives are the norm.

They are used to very leftwing government and have no visceral objection to it. They see it as merely a cost to pay for having easy access to the the-a-tre and tastefully ethnic restaurants.

On the other hand: they absolutely fear and despise conservatives, and would never agree to live in conservative-dominated regions.

They have remained "on the right" under one condition: The condition in which they control the actual conservatives and keep them out of actual power and keep conservatives from achieving the conservative priorities conservatives seek.

Oh, the neocons will agree to lead the conservatives -- as long as they can lead them away from actual conservatism, towards a more enlightened left-liberal Corporate Libertarianism.

The reason they hate Trump -- I mean, they hate him for other reasons, but the reason they H - A - T - E Trump -- is that he was the only man who could and would stand outside this Fake Politics the neocons had constructed with their openly liberal cousins in which conservatives had only two options, the Fake "Conservative"-branded version of neoliberalism, or the establishment liberal version of liberalism.

I'm really not a fan of Trump, and I would love it if he didn't run and just let DeSantis win 45 states in 2024, but let's give Trump credit: Literally no one was capable of standing completely apart from the Vast Fake Right Wing Conspiracy of grifter consultants, grifter fundraisers, grifter party leaders, and grifter politicians and saying "I'm going my own way, the fuck with all of you guys, I don't need your blessing and I won't repeat your mantras."

Again, I hate to say this, but give the man his due: Trump freed people's minds. He freed us from The Matrix of fake, forced "options" imposed on us by the Uniparty.

The "manufactured consent" that leftwing rabble-rouser Noam Chomsky wrote about? He didn't know the half of it. And he didn't know the real "manufactured consent" psyops operations were being directed not against the left but against the right.

This is why they are so determined to take out Trump. Part of it is backwards looking-- they want vengeance against the man who stole the power they had tricked conservatives into granting them.

But most of it is very forwards-looking: they think that if they can discredit and destroy Trump, then they can put us all back into the box, where we all accept that our choice is between Jeb! flavored Fake Conservatism, or Marco Rubio flavored Fake Conservatism, or Kristi Noem flavored Fake Conservatism.

If they can just rid themselves of this turbulent anti-priest, then the Rubes will calm down and accept reason and accept their place as The Ruled, not the Rulers, and finally start obeying the neocon branch of the neoliberal establishment Uniparty again.

I don't think they're right. I sure hope they're not right, because if a movement is to endure, it has to be capable of existing without its founder. It cannot die when the founder's lifespan ends.

The neocon NeverTrumpers are sure hoping that's all this is, and all there is to Trumpism is a bunch of Zombies mesmerized by Trump's Dark Charisma, and if they can just get rid of the Zombie Master, then the spell will be broken, and we'll all go back to being hypnotized by them.

They don't understand -- they can't understand -- they won't understand -- that this is much less about allegiance to Trump and much, much more about a declaration of war against them.

Trump was and is a rallying point. A figure to gather around. A flag to gather under.

But others can serve this function.

To be honest, I don't give a shit if they release Ted Kazynski from prison and he becomes the new MAGA standard bearer -- I'll rally around him to oppose the corrupt, smugly-toxic Ruling Party.

They all pretend they were "just fighting Trump."

That is the biggest lie of all.

They were attacking Trump. They weren't fighting Trump. They weren't denigrating and dehumanizing Trump.

They were doing all those things to us, and they know that.

In 2016, we got sick of complaining to the Establishment that our voices were being ignored and openly mocked -- "Hobbits!" After years and years of being ignored, you stop asking, and you start telling.

We told them. We voted for Trump.

We told them that we were going to pursue a different kind of politics than the one the Establishment corporate service officers of the GOP had been pursuing for fifty years.

And we won.

But we didn't.

Because instead of allowing us to enjoy the victory we'd lawfully, rightly, legally obtained, NeverTrump decided upon a scorched earth strategy to subvert, undermine, block, and discredit us and stop us from doing any of the things we had just won a popular mandate to do.

They were insistent that we should have the choice between two options: Establishment Neo-liberalism and Fake "Conservative"-Branded Establishment Neo-Liberalism, and we were simply not permitted to make any selection except for those on the menu made by the Ruling Class, and as we had acted above our station and mistaken ourselves for free men, we would have to be Taught a Lesson.

NeverTrump would now turn itself to ensuring that the policies we had lawfully, honestly won the right to put into practice would fail, so that Trump would fail, so that our movement would fail, so that we would realize that we were all Stupid Little Hobbits incapable of choosing for ourselves and go back to obeying Paul Singer and Bill Kristol and Mitch McConnell and AEI and its donors.

And NeverTrump really thinks that after all this, after making treasonous war on their former allies for six fucking years, we're going to support them when they try to force Kristi Fucking Noem on us?

Or -- Liz Cheney?

Are you kidding me?

You are dead to us. You are nothing but traitors, and no one trusts a traitor, not even the side they defected to.

But you would do better to follow Bill Kristol's lead and simply start attempting to create a Neocon Bubble inside the Democrat Party, because you will never be permitted any success in the GOP again.

I will vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before I vote for a NeverTrump candidate. I will vote for Bernie Sanders before I vote for a NeverTrump neocon.

I will affirmatively do what NeverTrump did -- I will work to destroy everything and burn it all down, in order to gain back power for my faction -- rather than submit to you, ever again.

Death to the NeverTrumpers.

Death to the Neocons.

Death to fake conservative charlatans and internal saboteurs.

Is it clear now, AllahPundit?

Taking down Trump is not the win you've been jerking yourself off about for six years.

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Arizona Gives School Choice to All K-12 Students

—Ace

Pretty amazing.

This session, let's expand school choice any way we can," declared Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in his State of the State address on Jan. 10, "Let's think big and find more ways to get kids into the school of their parents' choice. Send me the bills, and I'll sign them."

The Arizona Legislature on Friday night answered Ducey's call, passing a bill to expand eligibility for the state's Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (also known as education savings accounts or ESAs) to all K-12 students.

Once signed into law, Arizona will reclaim its title as the state with the "most expansive ESA" policy in the nation.

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts empower families with the freedom and flexibility to customize their child's education. Arizona families can currently use ESAs to pay for private school tuition, tutoring, textbooks, homeschool curriculums, online courses, educational therapy, and more.

The ESAs are funded with 90% of the state portion of Arizona's per-pupil funding, including the additional funds for students with special needs.

Currently, about a quarter of elementary and secondary students in Arizona are eligible for an ESA, including students with special needs, students assigned to low-performing district schools, the children of active-duty military personnel, and a few other categories of students.

The Arizona Senate passed HB 2853 on Friday night on a vote of 16 to 10. Earlier in the week, the Arizona House of Representatives passed it by a margin of 31 to 26.

Break the teachers unions.

Defund the government schools.

End government payments to the institutions and organs of the left.

Posted by Ace at 02:40 PM Comments

Biden Refuses to Ask Saudi Arabia to Produce More Oil;
Biden Advisor Declares We Will Pay $5 For Gas For As Long As It Takes to Defend "The Liberal World Order" (AKA Ukraine)

—Ace

Biden doesn't want to risk the Saudis refusing his request -- it would make him look even weaker -- so he's not even going to ask.

$7 gas, here we come!

President Joe Biden refused Thursday to ask Saudi Arabia to produce more oil to bring down the cost of gasoline in the United States and around the world.

Biden was specifically asked during his press conference in Europe about what he would say to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about oil during their scheduled meeting in July.

"No, I'm not going to ask them," he said, noting that he already "indicated" to all the Gulf heads of state his desire for them to produce more oil.

"I hope we see them, in their own interest, concluding that makes sense to do," Biden said

...

During his presidential campaign, Biden vowed to treat Saudi Arabia as a "pariah" but ultimately agreed to a meeting with their leaders in July.

..

Biden and his administration continue to pursue anti-fossil fuel policies, putting the country more at the mercy of oil-rich foreign dictators.



When asked how long drivers would be paying for gas, Biden replied, "As long as it takes. So Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine."

Continuing the lie that that high gas prices are just the "Putin Tax," ignoring the massive Biden Tax in gas prices.

Commenters point out that Macron delivered the statement that the Saudis had already refused to pump more oil, so that's why Biden isn't asking.

Good catch, but: That's not exactly what Macron said. Macron said the UAE couldn't pump more oil, and the Saudis could pump only 150,000 barrels per day, which isn't enough to really bring down oil prices.

Still, it's something, and they allow they could pump that much more.

But Biden isn't asking.

...

Biden's handlers aren't walking back this statement that you'll pay "as long as it takes" -- they're doubling down on it.


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Oregon "BIPOC" Teachers Claim That Eye-Rolling at the Demands of a DIE-Obsessed SJW Principal Is "An Example of a Harmful Practice Rooted in White Supremacy"

—Ace

The "diversity" SJWs have -- get this -- turned a school away from its intended mission of educating children into a spa for never-ending Maoist struggle sessions to "dismantle" white supremacy.

I'm sure you're all shocked to hear that SJWs have diverted an institution from its intended, healthy, productive mission to their own unauthorized, mentally-deranged, destructive agenda.

Apparently some teachers who weren't fans of turning an elementary school into a Maoist Racial Reorientation Camp began rolling their eyes at the demands of the #woke principal, and her "BIPOC" supporters in the staff, empowered by her to act as her secret police, did what secret police do and began assembling secret dossiers about people's wrongthink.

Among the crimes? Eye-rolling at a WOC for whom only fervent worship and apologies must be directed, and even... going above the heads of BIPOC Woke teachers to bring their own grievances to the attention of the district president.

Oregon teachers at the Errol Hassell Elementary School sent school administrators an email claiming that eye-rolling directed at a principal, among other alleged actions they observed, is an example of a "harmful practice rooted in White supremacy" that is happening in the workplace.

The educators from the Beaverton School District said in an email on May 27 that they had become of aware of a "rumor" that Principal Cynthia Lam Moffett was on the chopping block.

"We believe that much of the resistance to Principal Moffett's work... is a result of bias and targeted aggression. As BIPOC educators we have observed, experienced,and witnessed similar micro and macro aggressions," the email said. BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

No, it stands for "Black and Indigenous People of Color." Black and indigenous, that is, Indians and Latinos of the Americas, who are partly descended from Indians.

What they really mean is, of course: "NOT ASIANS." It's a specifically racist racial category which attempts to exclude Asian from receiving any benefits of affirmative action and forced racial hiring.

The teachers included an extensive list of "micro and macro aggressions." Many of them were concerning the staff's responses to the principal. It said, "Staff members rolled their eyes during... meetings while Principal Moffett is speaking"

It continued, "Staff raised their voice and interrupted Principal Moffet during... meetings, and spoke in a disrespectful and aggressive manner."

You must defer, boy. Why are you looking me in the eyes like that? Lower your eyes, boy!

This is not anti-racist. This is racist as hell. This is just importing good old-fashioned 1840s racism into the present, just with a quick race swap of who the Master classes nd Slave classes will be.

The list also mentioned "aggressive" emails and "behaviors" over the school radio "towards BIPOC staff," and said that they were being "ignored and bothered."

Ignored and bothered? Oh no, BIPOCs must always be well-attended and obeyed, boy!

The teachers said that "racial slurs were directed at Principal Moffett by a staff member" and that "White staff called a group of BIPOC staff a 'gang.'"

Anyone want to bet that the "racial slur" was calling the BIPOC Ideology Enforcers a "gang"?

* "Some of the White staff members undermine the chain of command and go over BIPOC leaders and communicate directly to Patrick about issues that can be solved and are solved in-house"

* "Principal Moffett is held responsible for... solving situations of racism in which she is a victim"

Someone failed to position Principal Moffett for success.

* "Staff members protesting book club focused on dismantling... racial oppression"

* "BIPOC feels uncomfortable in our building to the point that some of use are experiencing extreme anxiety because we feel unsafe... at our worksite."

* "Our emotion and physical well-being has been impacted not only by these actions but also by the lack of response and support from district leadership."

* "BIPOC staff is being called divisive for bringing up these issues and asking for support"

Divisive? Naaah.

After listing out all their complaints, the teachers asked why they are being labeled "divisive" when they are trying to dismantle those "harmful practices rooted in White supremacy."

"The potential of losing an intentional culturally responsive leader is sending a chilling message to us as BIPOC staff [at] Erroll Hassel and across the district, that BIPOC educators and leaders that prioritize equitable practices will be tokenized, silenced, and pushed out. This situation is creating confusion and fear among us and it is leading us to question why we are not being heard and instead are being labeled as divisive when we are trying to dismantle harmful practices rooted in White supremacy," the email said.

"We're going make ourselves the the caporegimes of this school with authority never granted to us by the district, and we're going to to compile secret Race Dossiers against all of the staff and wage constant daily war against them in the name of "dismantling harmful practices." Why are you calling that divisive?

And why are you contacting Patrick, our actual boss, instead of just Submitting to Our Asserted Authority?

That's awfully racist.

Hat-tip to Matt Vespa at Town Hall.

BTW, the NeverTrump liberal Republicans insisted we didn't have to worry about this kind of thing and that it was just pointless "Owning the Libs" to talk about the explicitly racial caste system of the Evergreen College Campus.

That was just a college thing, they insisted. That could never affect the rest of America.

Everything will remain as it it was in 2003, forever and ever.

These are the Smart People in the party -- the people who always, always insist that literally nothing can ever change.

Oh -- and it's dirty to fight the Culture War. Only Racists and Krazy Kristians are interested in doing that.

The Smart People, like Baseball Cuck, spend all day writing about what a Nice Hispanic College Boy Marco Rubio is and how we're just a couple of tweaks in the tax code away from Nirvana.

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The Morning Rant – Buck Shots [7/01/2022]

—Buck Throckmorton

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*****

But Isn’t Inflation Only 8.6%?

The Biden administration was widely mocked a year ago at the Fourth of July for trying to sell the notion that a holiday cookout was 16 cents cheaper in 2021 than in 2020. That same menu in 2022 now costs $10 more than in 2021.

Fourth of July BBQ price up $10 one year after White House celebrated 16-cent discount [Fox Business – 6/29/2022]

Team Biden is obviously quiet about the significantly higher cost.

The most significant thing to me about “The July 4th Cookout Index” is that this menu of typical American food is up 17% year over year, yet our government keeps lying to us trying to persuade us that inflation is only 8.6%.


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With the price of gasoline up 49% from a year ago, electricity up 11%, the cost of rent up 15.3%, and food up 17%, how in the world is overall inflation only 8.6%. What products that are part of a typical American’s monthly budget are experiencing negligible inflation (or deflation) such that it pulls the overall inflation rate under 9%.

The 8.6% official inflation rate is a lie. Consumers know it’s a lie. And consumers know it’s the Biden administration that is lying to them.

*****

So, What Is Congress Focusing on In The Midst of This Economic Crisis?

With runaway inflation, supply shortages, and parents not even able to buy formula for their babies, what is Congress focused on? They’re focused on Donald Trump, of course.

While consumers are trying to decide what spending to cut, Congress appears to be trying to impeach Donald Trump for the third or fourth time. I’ve lost count. Impeaching Trump is pretty much all they do anymore, even though Biden is President.

So how is Congress’ indifference to the economic crisis playing out with normal Americans who live beyond the Beltway? Not so good apparently.

How the Jan 6 hearings are landing in one Virginia swing district [NPR – 6/21/2022]

Kimberly Berryman lives in the countryside outside Fredericksburg, Va., but drives 20 miles to the suburbs to do her shopping. For Berryman, it's worlds away from the hearings about the Jan. 6 insurrection going on at the U.S. Capitol. "I got other things to do," she said with a laugh.

Berryman, who works with special needs students, said she was shocked and scared by the attack at the Capitol. But she said she's more worried about price hikes and supply shortages than litigating Jan 6. "Just move on to something else," she said.


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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Palokärsi ; le Grand Pic noir
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The Morning Report — 7/1/22

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. The Fourth of July weekend is here and, the "Remain in Mexico" cave notwithstanding (and it's a serious one as you can see in the links), President Trump's reshaped Supreme Court landed another serious body blow to the feral bureaucracy, and next to the IRS, the most dangerous anti-freedom, anti-prosperity tool in the leftist arsenal: the EPA.

Maybe it’s not as big a decision in the public mind as the SCOTUS decisions this term on Abortion and the 2nd Amendment. But it’s a big one, bigly and big league.

The United States Supreme Court, in a majority Opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, just ripped the heart out of the Green New Deal agenda which was being carried forward not by act of Congress, but by administrative fiat through the Environmental Protection Agency. Not being able to pass legislation to decarbonize the economy, Democrats relied on agency action.

The case is West Virginia v. EPA (Docket) where the Questions Presented were:

In 42 U.S.C. § 7411(d), an ancillary provision of the Clean Air Act, did Congress constitutionally authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to issue significant rules including those capable of reshaping the nation’s electricity grids and unilaterally decarbonizing virtually any sector of the economy-without any limits on what the agency can require so long as it considers cost, nonair impacts, and energy requirements?

That sounds dry, but it’s a big ****ing deal, as Politico noted it goes even beyond regulating carbon emissions and goes to the heart of the ever-expanding administrative state, How SCOTUS’ upcoming climate ruling could defang Washington:

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling this month hobbling the Biden administration’s efforts to rein in greenhouse gases — but its impact could weaken Washington’s power to oversee wide swaths of American life well beyond climate change.

The upcoming decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate oversight offers the conservative justices an opportunity to undermine federal regulations on a host of issues, from drug pricing and financial regulations to net neutrality. Critics of the EPA have clamored for the high court to do just that, by declaring it unlawful for federal agencies to make “major” decisions without clear authorization from Congress.

. . . From the majority Opinion:

Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible “solution to the crisis of the day.” New York v. United States, 505 U. S. 144, 187 (1992). But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is reversed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

What a fitting end to the term.

Understatement of the year from friend of the blog and legal eagle William Jacobson. And that majority opinion was from John Roberts. John freakin' Roberts. Go figure. Considering he fairly reeks of Swamp gas, insofar as a career as Chief Justice doing all he can to preserve, protect and defend the absolute power of the DC status quo, it wouldn't have surprised me in the least if he had voted the other way. His assertion that "Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible 'solution to the crisis of the day'" hints at that, but then again, referring to it in quotes as a "crisis of the day" read to me as a slap at the Left.

Recall in 2007 the horrendous SCOTUS decision that declared the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide as an atmospheric pollutant that contributes to "global warming." The chief perpetrator of that was John Paul Stevens, with henchmen Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer concurring. Roberts filed the dissent with Scalia, Thomas and Alito concurring. Aside from the fact that manmade global warming/climate change is a complete myth, labeling CO2 as a pollutant is an equally dangerous bromide. Along with oxygen, CO2 is essential for life on earth to exist and therefore is not, never was and never will be a pollutant given the biology of this world, and given the fact that every living thing on this planet is carbon based. That said, virtually every industrial process, every engine and indeed all forms of animal life on this planet emit CO2 to one degree or another. You can well imagine the consequences if it were to be regulated by individuals with the mindset of Scoldilocks Greta Thunberg and worse Gina McCarthy.

The equally crucial issue that the link discusses is the effect this ruling has on the power of the bureaucracy itself. The Politico headline says it all: "How SCOTUS’ upcoming climate ruling could defang Washington." Starting with the 16th Amendment and certainly with FDR's new deal — all the way up to the EPA itself (thanks, Tricky Dick) — the very foundations of American government, wherein political power was supposed to be vested primarily in the citizenry and then the states with certain very limited powers delegated to a federal government, was turned completely upside down. Since that time, and metastasizing like cancer, a giant unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy in Washington issues edicts and regulations that have the force of law behind them. No one voted for that. And yet, you defy a governmental agency in any way, shape or form and you'll wonder what fell on you. Funny, we fought a revolution and won our independence from a tyrannical monarchy on the very same grounds. "No taxation without representation" should ring a bell, unless your main textbook in school was Ibram X. Krement's Jive Kampf crackpot race nuttery.

Dig this line from Roberts: " . . . it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body."

Well duh! The legislative branch is where laws are supposed to originate. But Congress gradually abrogated that responsibility long ago because politicians are loathe to actually pass laws that might be damaging to one's political prospects. What better way to both advance the goals of big government statism as well as pass the buck for the ensuing failures and disasters of those goals on bureaucracies that will not only never be abolished but will grow in size, scope and funding with each new budget. Or should I say continuing resolution because the criminal scumbags in DC are too cowardly to even enact one.

Now you understand why owning SCOTUS is so absolutely vital to the anti-American Left. Any law or regulation that they manage to pass, or the bureaucracy advances, like national abortion or Obamacare or declaring CO2 a poisonous pollutant, that would never have a snowball's chance in hell of surviving real legal scrutiny will be declared kosher and Constitutional by hacks in black that are down for the struggle, as it were, to fundamentally transform America. And Politico is right to be shitting itself over what this means beyond the EPA.

All this is well and good except for one thing: America as founded no longer exists, the great rulings from SCOTUS and elections and all the rest of the illusion of regular order notwithstanding. There is no way in hell the Leftists are going to just say "Oh well, the courts and the people have spoken. Maybe we should listen to them or at best try to compromise." Whether its hate shakes, fists and Molotov cocktails from their sanctioned black-clad brownshirt street terrorists, 3:00AM FBI/CNN raids and imprisonment without due process in the Garland Archipelago, a sudden plague of Monkeypox that locks us down and steals the midterms or simple nullification by blue shit hole mayors and governors, these people are not only not going to concede, they are going to quadruple down until we are crushed.

Isn't it funny how for over 100 years, they've done everything they can to eradicate the Constitution and particularly the 9th and 10th Amendments but when things don't go their way, they hide behind both of them as justification to ignore the law?

I am overjoyed at all the huge decisions that came down this week, which you can thank Donald Trump for. But the reality is, as I have stated many times, I cannot see any form of reconciliation, rapprochement or even accommodation with the Left. They are too far gone in their hatred of us and of America as founded for the country to ever come together again as it was. In any case, I am relieved by all great news, despite the fact that as Steve Miller once crooned "you've got to go through hell before you get to Heaven" and we don't really know what constitutes the latter, in political/governmental/societal terms, let alone if we'll get there.

But there will be "fundamental transformation." Perhaps though, it may not be the way the dog-eating stoner degenerate thought it would be.

Have a safe, blessed and happy Fourth of July weekend.

Note: YUUUUGE thanks to all who hit the tip jar. New podcast episode coming late today or early Saturday so BOLO.

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Daily Tech News 1 July 2022

—Pixy Misa

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When Time Shall Count From The Date That The ONT Began To Hate

—WeirdDave

Greetings, and welcome to Thursday. Can you believe that tomorrow is July? Man, this year is going by so quickly that this just went up down the street.

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Garrett emailed me to tell me this was his favorite song. He said he always loved it, from the first time he heard it while watching his favorite show, The Vampire Diaries.
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BTW this is one of those songs written quickly as a toss-off. The story goes he "took four shots of Tequila and a Ritalin" and wrote this song and another ("Hash Pipe").
Why is this young prostitute crying? Why does Hunter Biden have to coach her into saying he never hit her or hurt her? Why did he have to pay her $9500? What kind of Patrick-Bateman-level sadistic gauntlet is this crackhead putting his whores through?
That video of Hunter and the prostitute. What a charmer. I can see what his dead brother's widow saw in him. Always with the sweet talk. "I didn't hurt you." "I didn't bruise you." "I'm offering you water. Who are you calling?" "I treat you better than other clients do."
What a prince.
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@Cicero43: Traditionally, Pride endeth before the Fall.
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Meal Team Six: Obese Russian general, 67, called up to fight in Ukraine as Putin 'scrapes the barrel'. "Now said to be in charge of Russian special forces operating in the region after the unit's former commander was seriously injured in an artillery strike." [dri]
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Picture originally from here. I think it's great that the media is now acting as a bulletin board telling people where the leftwing demonstrations will be held. Do they also do this for pro-life or other conservative demonstrations, I wonder? (I don't wonder -- they do not.)
Thanks to the strength of Top Gun: Maverick, and the weakness of its competition, the jet thriller is returning to IMAX this weekend. Which is what I was hoping for. I missed seeing it in IMAX but when I heard the dinosaur movie was bad, I thought: I might get a second chance. (Usually only one big movie will be playing in the IMAX theater.)
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If you are a manager that cares about mental health understand that devastating news like today's means your team members might be struggling. Offer them the day off or half a day. They aren't going to be productive anyway. Give them space to process and grieve.
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